Fell is a continued investigation into understanding the shifting history of industry in regional New South Wales, using a variety of found and constructed photographs. The works function as both an extension and departure from two previous bodies of work, The Alpine Way and Radiata. Moving beyond the surfaces and facades of the forestry industry, yet still existing within a small area of the south-western mountains known as the Tumut Shire, Fell explores the struggle between trusting tradition and pursuing progress. The photograph offers the innate ability to make visible the marks and intersections of industry, labour and society; and by using found and created photographs, Raupach's aim is to weave and construct a complex, multi faceted history of an area both dependent upon and in conflict with these seemingly unquestionable relationships. Located at the points where these ideas intersect, overlap and crash together, Fell exemplifies the dangers of believing neither in the future nor the past, but rather remaining hopeful about the stasis of the present.
Wealth Jacob Raupach
15 x 21cm, 56 pages
Perfect Bound, Softcover with Dust Jacket
Edition of 100
Published by Particle Books
Available February 2015 via Particle Books website and at the Photobook Melbourne Book Fair.
Wealth is both a singular account of a small mine in southeastern New South Wales and a prologue to Fell. Ultimately, Wealth is a brief account of labour in the 20th century and the ways in which those ideologies continue to persist and make themselves visible within the landscape of regional New South Wales.
Presented in partnership with Arts NSW's NSW Artists' Grant Scheme
Funding program administered by the National Association of the Visual Arts on behalf of the NSW Government.